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Dramatized atomic evacuation of Portland, Oregon.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: CBS Television Network
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense; Cold War; Oregon
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: DAY CALLED X powerful for its day
Made in 1958 by CBS, this Civil Defense film made in Portland, Oregon was hosted by actor Glenn Ford. Somewhat naive when compared to today, it must have been effective for the viewers of that generation. Historically, it is very interesting.
Subject: Very unnerving... continued!
Since this is a two-part film, I'll rewrite parts of my review on part one.
Gee, if I was a kid in the 1957-1958 period (that's the estimated time this TV special was originally presented), I wouldn't like this happening in my area, and I'd be freaked out by it! I bet I'd have nightmares about my city being bombed during World War Three! The main part of this film is a HUGE air-raid siren BLARING LOUDLY throughout town. Also I find the "An Attack Is Not Taking Place" disclaimer a bit humorous.
Also, I happen to know that H-bombs (hydrogen bombs) are more powerful than A-bombs. I bet with a huge flash and KABOOM! they can take down a whole city. The idea does give me chills, but I am glad the only bombs that were "dropped" here in America were only when we were testing the bombs in deserts and such.
The ending has me a bit creeped out. Suspense music plays as everyone looks worried, but we cut to the announcer saying he leaves US to imagine what happened after that. I think maybe the enemy fighters chickened out and flew away without dropping those death bombs.
And another thing, it may be interesting to know the wailing alarm used in this program is one of those Chrysler air raid sirens, probably the most powerful and loudest, ear-shattering air raid sirens EVER! This is all according to research of this webpage I found.
I think I should email the owner of the site and tell him about this film, especially since you see it rotating throughout the end credits.
Robin Banks -
Subject: Hey, a '58 Edsel!
The best part of this entire film is in the second half when a beautiful new 1958 Edsel is stopped by the traffic cop. (Apparently sold by Titus Edsel, Tacoma)
Since the Edsel in this segment is a '58, this means this film can't be any earlier than Sept 1957, since that's when the first ones came out. (As you can tell by my breathless excitement, I own a 1958 Edsel. )
Gee... sure wish Mr. Prelinger could find some Edsel promo for the site. This'll have to do for now. :-)
5 stars just for having the slightest glimpse of an 1958 Edsel.
Subject: Oh Glenn!
Glenn Ford narrates this excellently paced film about the possible nuke-u-lar attack on Portland Oregon. Well thought out pace and narration add to the mounting tension to this film to great effect. The film stars the 'people of Portland' who are all coming from the 'One Note School Of Acting' where they are taught to act in one expression only, and that's boredom. Why are people so glum? Even before the attack. the people look bored out of their mind! (insert Portland Joke here). By the way, there's a huge cheat that happens in the film....